Gotta try and be objective with this one.
I took a passing glance at the Time Bomb II in the flesh today and that old feeling came back for a split second: the feeling I used to associate with Oakley back in the nascent days of X-Metal and Mad Science. It was a good feeling.
When I look at Time Bomb II I'm reminded of the things that made Oakley great: boldness, originality, and a distinctiveness that that was at it's peak at the beginning of the new century. The Time Bomb II recaptured that.
It's an obvious reflection of the original Time Bomb, but wilder. Too bad that its larger dimension preclude those with smaller wrists from wearing it without looking ridiculous. The red unobtanium strap core is something that I rather like on the new Time Bomb...it's a little crazy and wildly impractical: a very old Oakley touch.
Having had experience with mechanical watches people should be aware that the maintenance of this watch demands a cleaning once every 3 years. In truth, Oakley's having opted to use a mechanical ETA-2824 movement is, in my opinion, an attempt to horn in on the luxury watch sector even more without adding too much in way of function. As much as I like mechanical watches, this addition doesn't really convince me of justification of the inflated price.
Still, I like this watch. I like it because it's quite striking and unique, but I mostly like it because it reminds of me of better times.
I've worn this for a while now, and they're very comfortable. The platelet design of the bracelet really hugs my wrist, and the UnOb layer underneath certainly helps.
The mechanism is a quantum leap over the original TB. Watch starts with almost a single flick, and stays charged way longer than its predecessor.
My wrists are very small, but I still think it looks good. So, I disagree with a previous reviewer that extra links taken off are potentially or even necessarily fatal from an aesthetic point of view.
The TB was a worthy pioneer of a unique design. But the TB II is at least as worthy of a successor, keeping the original shape whilst taking function and comfort to newer echelons.
Could not afford this watch at full retail and had to wait 4 years for a decent priced used but in good condition watch to come around before I pulled the trigger. Make sure to go through the thread which shows you the difference between an authentic one versus a fake one as the fakes are extremely good replicas of the real thing. Having a matching presentation box always helps with the authenticity.
After much waiting and anticipation, the Elite Time Bomb II has finally detonated. Speculation and rumors swarmed since word was released that Oakley planned on re-releasing its iconic timepiece, but was the wait worth it?
Oakley went all-out for the presentation. The black, cubicle box that stores this watch uses a special clasp mechanism to remain closed and also incorporates metal hinges to prevent the lid from opening too far. Adorned with the Oakley Elite symbol and lined with black felt, the box displays the watch on the left side while displaying a metal plaque for the Time Bomb II on the right. Underneath the black felt insert lies the instruction manual as well as a blu-ray disc (sound quality is horrendous on the disc).
The aesthetics of the watch are breathtaking, closely resembling the design of the original Time Bomb, but with an updated look which almost seems reminiscent of the Lamborghini Reventon. Plates forged from pure titanium adorn a red unobtainium underlay, and the face/bezel are milled from true carbon fiber. Slightly larger and heavier than its predecessor, the timepiece is probably best suited for those with medium/larger wrists.
The only real points of concern are the seeming lack of accuracy of the watch (+/- 12 seconds per day) as well as the necessity to physically cut the band (unobtainium underlay) to size. Unfortunately, the need to cut the band greatly diminishes the design element IMO, and Oakley needs to address this concern for future releases. Nonetheless, credit needs to be given where it's due: the overall presentation, materials, and watch itself are nothing short of amazing.
Thought it might be helpful to add a review here by someone who actually owns one of these and hasn't just copied a generic review from the net or seen one in a shop window!
Well, overall this is a pretty awesome thing to behold. The rubber underlay means the watch keeps a fairly rigid round shape when you're not wearing which looks cool and the carbon fibre on the face really glistens in the light. The carbon fibre bezel feels amazingly smooth to touch - definately a well finished product. Another nice touch is the viewing window on the back (much larger than the previous timebomb) which is slightly curved to fit the wrist.
Elsewhere the sweeping second hand is hypnotic! And the way the links articulate when you twist the strap is fricken brilliant! (However see below for slight issue with this).
On a practical front, yes it is pretty enormous so not for skinny wrists (that is, if you're actually planning on wearing it) but it's just such a cool thing to own and play around with that you might not want to risk it getting damaged by wearing it.
Personally I do wear mine, and I had to get the strap shortened quite a bit so it would fit on my wrist. And here is the big problem with the watch. I had to have four links removed and this does involve getting the rubber cut, which is a real shame. Removing four links also reduced significantly the extent to which the strap can twist, and this reduces the appeal slightly.
For reference, I get three links taken out of a blade, a normal time bomb, an icon, or a GMT (I'm presuming that if your thinking of getting a TBII you probably already own at least one of the above!). If you have any more than three links taken out of any of the above, then I would not recommend the Timebomb II. You would have to have more than 4 links taken out and this would really start to ruin the watch.